Every year for the passed 6 years, we’ve had a baby or toddler at Christmastime. Babies and Christmas decor don’t mix. We’ve scooped out many a glass shard from baby’s mouths after they’ve plucked off an ornament and tried to eat it. It’s not just ours that try to eat the ornaments is it? Just the decorating part alone was stressful, those thin glass balls and that giant clump of hooks to hang them with.
We’d go each year to the tree farm and bring home a beautiful tree. Jason would huff and puff all up under it’s branches trying to get it secured in the tree stand and then we’d water it.
Pine needles everywhere.
Babies eat those too.
We were judgemental real-Christmas-tree snobs. But you know what they say. Once you go silver faux tree, you never go back.
Behold. The world’s largest strand of tinsel:
And these balls are shatterproof. Why did we not know about them before? Are they new? We bought ours at BJ’s Wholesale Club and there were 90 big colorful ornaments for $30. That’s all we used on the entire 9′ tree, the entire way around. They literally bounce right back into your hands after hitting hardwood floor. And that theory was tested, not purposely, many, many times.
And this is how we hung the ornaments. A tip taken from this month’s issue of Martha Stewart Living found here and here. We threw away the annoying clump of hooks and hung the ornaments with wire. You can hang them at the perfect height on each branch and they don’t come off. Also tested and confirmed. That Martha. She’s such a genius.
The kids have been hiding their Zu Zu pets inside the tree when I’m not looking and for some reason, the tree has become a landing spot for Leggo spaceships. Now, kids can fly by the tree like the wild animals that they are and I get to just smile and gaze on, nary a worry of stinkin’ pine needles everywhere and the sound of glass breaking.
I won’t even say that we’ll go back to a real tree when the kids are older. Because this silver beast wasn’t cheap. Is it not just wire and plastic? Man, those puppies are an investment.
So, this is the new tradition kids. The beautifully blinding silver tree will forever be embedded in your minds. Just like we tell you when you ask for pets, you can get all the animals and real trees you want when you’re married.